The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek has died. He was 75. The cause of death was heart disease, according to the New York City medical examiner’s office.
Police pronounced the influential frontman and rhythm guitarist dead at his Manhattan townhouse on Sunday (September 15), as CNN reports. Ocasek died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to a press release from the medical examiner’s office on Monday.
Ocasek’s wife of 28 years, Paulina Porizkova, revealed that the musician had been “recuperating very well after surgery.”
“Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together,” she wrote in a note on Instagram. “I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on.
She continued, “We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private.”
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The Cars have also posted a note from Ocasek’s sons on their official Twitter account.
From Ric’s sons: Our dad was a prolific doodler. His passing was sudden, unexpected, and beyond heartbreaking. Yesterday, we found this last doodle on his armchair. He couldn’t have known what it would end up meaning to us. We love him so much. pic.twitter.com/bJNpXSQgDO
— The Cars (@thecarsband) September 16, 2019
Ocasek was the frontman of the influential new wave band The Cars from 1976 to their split in 1988. They reunited from 2010 to 2011 to record a new album, and again in 2018 when they performed at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Ocasek was also a well-regarded producer, whose production credits included Bad Brains’ Rock for Light and Suicide’s Alan Vega and Martin Rev.
RIP, Ric Ocasek. Revisit The Cars’ classic self-titled album here: